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Friday 29 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sinela Fifita (45) who was convicted of stabbing Neiafutahi Bloomfield multiple times at Fatai five-years ago, received a fully suspended sentence at the Supreme Court.
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Friday 29 May 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Samoan citizens stuck in New Zealand can now return to Samoa as the first of a series of repatriation flights departed Auckland to Apia today, 29 May.
Friday 29 May 2020

Honiara, Solomon Islands
The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is calling for collective action to focus on people, not just technology, in efforts to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. FA Director General, Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen an international forum last week, said it is people who commit fisheries offences, not vessels.
Thursday 28 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 100 Chinese Tongans, who went to China for the Spring Festival earlier this year, would like to return to Tonga, said the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, Cao Xiaolin, in Nuku'alofa today. There are unofficial reports circulating that Tonga may extend its international border closure beyond 12 June.
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Thursday 28 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has committed a further AUD 2.9 million for new renewable energy infrastructure in Tonga. This will include upgrading Vava'u's power network.
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Thursday 28 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Ma’a Tonga Rugby League (TMTRL) will support Kristian Woolf and the national rugby league team in its 2021 Rugby League World Cup campaign.
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Thursday 28 May 2020

Washington D.C., U.S.A
Already among the most remote countries on earth, Pacific island states saw their vital economic links weakened in recent months with the evaporation of tourism, severe disruptions to international trade, and a reduction in remittances. For these countries, the COVID-19 pandemic may cut deeper than even some of the worst cyclones from years past. Emergency assistance for Pacific island countries will be considered by the IMF’s Executive Board in the coming weeks, says a new report.
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Wednesday 27 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A pallet of sweet smelling, vanilla infused hand sanitizers made by Heilala Vanilla in New Zealand, were donated to Vaiola Hospital today, 27 May, to assist in keeping Tonga safe from CoViD-19. Vanilla extract made by the company from Tongan grown vanilla has similar common ingredients as sanitizer—ethanol and glycerin, and they were able to make the new products.
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Wednesday 27 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who raped his wife was sent to jail for over five years by the Lord Chief Justice, who sent out a clear message that in any civilized society unwanted sexual violence cannot be justified or tolerated. "Marital rape is a common but under-reported crime."
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Wednesday 27 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Tu Maile is the 19-year-old charged with the murder of 67-year-old Ned Cook, whom he allegedly assaulted on Friday night, May 15, on Vuna Road.
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Wednesday 27 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The name of Tonga's new domestic airline will be “Lulutai”, the Prime Minister Hon. Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, told parliament today. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 26 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Yesterday, when the Minister of Finance, Hon. Tevita Lavemaau presented to Parliament the Tonga Government's 2018-2019 Financial Report, he explained that there was a sense of frustration in preparing the report, because of the difficulty of trying to value the fixed assets of government under the old accounting method. He said the government would return to a cash basis accounting method. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 26 May 2020

Tofoa, Tongatapu
Time has given Tonga a great opportunity to prepare itself for the virus and any cases that it might produce. The question is, has this time been used wisely and with urgency to prepare Tonga for the future risks? Those risks, however small, exist even now. Aid money is coming in. Using that to build up the capacity of the health system now means that this can be kept for the future. Wouldn’t it be great if Vaiola were to have a state-of-the-art five-bed ICU that can treat anyone who needs that level of care even after CoViD-19 abates? The staff can do it, if only the facility is there. And it could be. And so we await the arrival of the virus. 
I hope Tonga is well prepared when it does.... - Dr Russ Schedlich
Tuesday 26 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five men and a woman have been arrested and charged after the Tonga Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce seized illicit drugs, a firearm and live bullet, between May 21-24.
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Tuesday 26 May 2020

London, UK
The story of six Tongan castaways who survived on Ata Island for 15 months in the 1960s before they were rescued by an Australian fishing boat, will be made into a movie, after a Hollywood studio recently won the film rights.
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Monday 25 May 2020

Auckland, New Zealand
Air New Zealand services to Tonga and other Pacific countries such as Fiji, Samoa, Rarotonga, New Caledonia and French Polynesia, could resume to one return service from Auckland per week, if the travel restrictions currently in place around passenger services are lifted, the airline announced today.
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Monday 25 May 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
Tonga's Minister for Health Hon Dr ‘Amelia Afuha’amango Tu’ipulotu was elected Rapporteur on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Executive Board during its 147th virtual meeting on 22 May.
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Monday 25 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As there is no virus and we still live under restrictions, what does this mean for the future? As government seems “happy” with the curfew, will a curfew now become part of our daily life? Does it really reduce crime? Or are we now in a period of moral justification for limiting people’s freedom? - Dean Bishoprick
Friday 22 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Students from Liahona High School, Tupou College, and Tonga College are conducting peacekeeping patrols every Friday afternoon in Nuku’alofa in a strategy to prevent and reduce school fights.
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Friday 22 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man was acquitted of unlawful possession of cannabis and methamphetamine by a Supreme Court judge, who found the police search unlawful. In addition, prosecution failed to prove the charges beyond reasonable doubt.
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